Historical and cultural heritage sites in Almaty have increased
Unique architectural structures in Almaty were included in the list of the city’s historical and cultural heritage sites. Some of the structures were constructed during the Soviet Union period with unique pilasters, portals, parapets and ornate décor. Other high-tech facilities were built after independence. The construction of each structure reflects a certain landmark in the history of Kazakhstan. For example, this TV studio complex was built 35 years ago. Its construction reflects a new era of Kazakh television. The studio, designed by local architects, is the first building to use folded glass façade design.
ALEXANDER KORZHEMPO, PROJECT DEVELOPER:
- It took us some time to develop the design. We designed only architectural and construction content. The technological part was developed by the Moscow Institute of Communications.
Another five facilities will be added to the historical heritage list. This classical style building with traditional decorative elements is one of the preserved buildings. It currently houses one of the Kazakh universities. Other buildings include former Turksib hospital facility, the Students’ Palace, the monumental ensemble in Kazakhstan First president’s park and the Almaty Arena ice palace.
KARL BAIPAKOV, MEMBER, COMMISSION ON PROTECTION OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL SITES:
- There are many criteria, including the appearance of buildings that should match the style of the era. Another criterion is certain unique features that make this facility original and outstanding.
There are currently 140 historical and cultural heritage facilities in Almaty, which are protected by the Government due to its historical value. Experts said these facilities can be repaired after obtaining permission from relevant Government agencies. It is prohibited by law to alter the appearance of the buildings.